Officials visit Iowa’s public lands for wildlife

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are visiting public lands across Iowa in an effort to monitor the state’s wildlife populations.

The state Department of Natural Resources says seasonal technicians are surveying 75 public properties in Iowa between April and the end of October. They’re gathering information on the population trends of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, dragonflies, and butterflies.

The Iowa Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program is an ongoing research project that began in 2006 and is funded through 2014. It’s run by the Iowa DNR and Iowa State University.

A biologist for the program says the data collected helps officials assess various wildlife species and their habitats.

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